Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) will ensure security at Venezuela”s presidential election on April 14, through the deployment of 141,000 troops, officials said.
Major General Wilmer Barrientos, head of the FANB Strategic Operational Command said that mobilization will begin on April 9, prioritizing sites with difficult access.
The military, in coordination with the various police forces and
the National Guard (GNB), will be present in 23 states and the Capital District, he said in statements to Venezolana de Television.
The role of the Republica Plan, activated in the electoral process, aims to preserve peace during elections, as has been done ever since 1960.
The Republica Plan, said Barrientos, focuses on transportation, care and custody of election materials and maintaining security at the polls.
He also said officers have been instructed to
refrain from entering the area where polling stations are located, unless requested to do so in exceptional situations.
“We always fulfill our work under the Constitution and laws of the country,” said Barrientos.
He further questioned the opposition complaints about an alleged plot involving the FANB in mobilizing voters to vote for the Socialist presidential candidate, Nicolas Maduro.
In this regard, he stated that the document containing the project which was introduced by the right-wing bloc has no connection with the official documents issued by the Strategic Operational Command.